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IET Faraday Challenge Days

Students working together during the Faraday Challenge Final in June 2012

Delivered in 45 schools free of charge by the IET, the Faraday Challenge Days are one day STEM activities designed for six teams of six students in Year 8 (aged 12-13 years). There are an additional 12 extra dates held at IET Academic Partner universities across the UK. 

IET Faraday Challenge Days give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. At each event teams compete to win a prize for themselves and a trophy for their school.

The event is set up and run by our team of STEM professionals to give you the time to focus on your students. It is an unbeatable opportunity to switch your students on to the subject you love.

Students win prizes for themselves and their school

The winners of each event win prizes for themselves and a trophy for their school. The top three teams from across the UK get an all expenses paid trip to the National Final in June 2014 to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

Hosted in UK schools

In the summer term of each year the IET launches the application round for UK schools to host a Faraday Challenge Day in the following academic year. The application round is now closed and successful schools will be notified shortly. If you were unsuccessful for this season please do try again next year, and in the meantime why not have a go yourselves using our DIY Faraday Challenge Day materials.

Each Faraday Challenge Day host school provides a school hall, gym or large classroom for the day, and six teams of six students in Year 8 (aged 12-13) to take part (36 students in total). 

Host schools can either:

  • enter all six teams from their own school, or
  • enter one team from their own school, and invite five teams from local schools to join them.

Each team includes two students from Science, two from D&T, and two from Maths.

If you know of a school local to you who is hosting a Faraday Challenge Day this academic year, why not get in touch and see if you can bag your school an invite! 

Please note that the Faraday Challenge Days take place in UK schools and colleges only. 

To find out more, watch our You Tube video showing the highlights from the IET Faraday Challenge Day 2012 where the top three teams of students from the 2011-12 academic year battled it out in the Rehydration Station Challenge. Within this challenge students had to design and make a drinks dispenser for race athletes. 

CREST Discovery Award  CREST logo  

The CREST Discovery Award is a new CREST Award from the British Science Association. CREST Discovery recognises quality STEM project work that is done over a short period of time (usually a day). It focuses on fun, teamwork and transferable skills. Like all CREST Awards, creativity, decision making, problem solving and communication are key to gaining a Discovery Award, as is putting projects in a real-world context. For that reason, the British Science Association are pleased to be able to accredit the IET Faraday Challenge Days and are delighted that students taking part from September 2013 will be able to gain recognition for the quality work that they do throughout their challenge.

Find out more about the broad range of other offerings through CREST.

2013-14 season

The 2013-14 season of Faraday Challenge Days is now underway. There are a total of 45 host schools taking part, as well as 12 IET academic partner host universities and 2 further events being held at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) laboratories in Warrington and Oxfordshire.

Click on the link below to see the full list of UK schools who will be hosting a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2013-14 season as well as the overall league table.

This year's host schools and league table

This year's teacher's league table

Team selection activity


Updated 11 October 2013

2012-13 winners

The 2012-13 season of Faraday Challenge Days has now come to an end. The National Final was held at the IET Savoy Place on Friday 21st June. Priory School from Lewes, East Sussex were crowned the overall winners on the day, with St. Aidan's C of E High School from Harrogate and Beaumont School from St. Albans coming in a close 2nd and 3rd respectively.   

Click on the link below to see the full list of UK schools who hosted a Faraday Challenge Day during the 2012-13 season as well as the overall league table.

This year's host schools and league table 

Updated 26 June 2013

2011-12 winners

 Two school children showcasing their winning Faraday Challenge Day design 

Check out the top teams from our 2011-12 season

During the 2011-12 season, we had a total of 44 Faraday Challenge Days hosted in schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with an additional 11 events which took place at IET Academic Partner universities. Check out which schools made it onto the Faraday Challenge Days League Table 2011-12 and who were crowned the winners at the National Final.